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A culture of communication is a Course

A culture of communication

Starts Oct 7, 2020

$1,800 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 8 October and Friday 9 October 2020, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne  


This learning event is right for you if you want to build a healthy shared culture for yourself and your teams;  you have challenging relationships in your teams which you’d like to improve or you want to help yourself and your team and community to feel well and flourish


We know from decades of research that people and cultures flourish when they have feelings of competency, relatedness and autonomy.  But how do we build these feelings and experiences in teams we lead or communities we are a part of?

In this workshop we will explore the foundation stones of wellbeing and healthy cultures, and explore how we can use the way we talk to promote them.  We look at the how to shape cultures of communication.  You will learn strategies for different types of conversation that maintain a healthy community.  You will build your skills that allow you to talk in ways which support others’ feelings of autonomy, competence and relatedness.  We will explore how to promote wellbeing for yourself and within your setting.

This workshop will cite the extensive research building upon the work of Ryan and Deci’s self-determination theory and explore what this means for schools.

Decades of research show that people and cultures flourish when they have feelings of competency, relatedness and autonomy.

Key takeaways                

  • understanding of what supports wellbeing in both yourself and others
  • skills in different kinds of talk to support wellbeing and culture
  • strategies to develop shared cultures of talk
  • knowledge of how to be a steward of a culture and lead others in ways which support wellbeing
  • understanding of how this reconciles with your current identity as an educator, leader and colleague.

Presenter information

Gavin Grift                         

Gavin Grift is the Founder and CEO of Grift Education. Gavin’s passion, commitment, humour and highly engaging style have made him one of Australia’s most in-demand presenters. Through his keynotes, seminars, and coaching services, Gavin connects with national and international audiences on how to cultivate authentic collaboration, build success in others and genuinely commit to reflective practice. His belief in the development of defined professional autonomy for educators both challenge and connect the head and heart of his audiences. 

Gavin is co-author of Collaborative Teams that Transform Schools (2016), Transformative Collaboration (2016) and Teachers as Architects of Learning (2018)

Stuart MacAlpine            

Stuart is passionate about learning and educational leadership.  He started his career in the UK before moving internationally.  He is the director of teaching and learning at UWCSEA, a foundation serving 90 nationalities with a mission for peace and sustainability, and the largest international school in the world.  He is the founding director for education at Sky School, a global high school for refugees.  

Stuart’s professional manner, expertise, deep level knowledge and presentation style have made him a highly sought-after and respected international presenter. His work on leadership, culture and collaboration has had him working with learning across the globe.